Rufus Ready

Rufus Brevett came through another full game on Thursday to declare: I am ready if needed.

He played 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Spurs and says:

"It wasn't bad; I got through my second game of the week and I was quite happy with the way it went.

"It was a good work-out and it was just nice to be out there playing again."

So can Rufus, who last played for the first team in August when he sustained an awkward foot injury against Sheffield United, gatecrash the play-offs?

"I don't know; I hope so and there is nothing more I would like than to play for the first team again before the end of the season," he says.

"But the lads are doing really well, we are on a bit of a run at the minute, and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

"I am just waiting to see what the manager chooses to do, but it has been a very frustrating season for me and it is just nice to put a West Ham shirt on again and go out there and play; fitness-wise I feel good.

Hayden Mullins, Jon Harley, Wayne Quinn, and Anton Ferdinand have all played left back this season, and Rufus says:

"They have all done extremely well and Anton, especially, has played really well there considering he is right footed.

"The thought of me playing right back would be a bit scary, but he has come in and done a fantastic job - he has not looked out of place at all."

As for comparisons with Anton Ferdinand and his brother Rio, Rufus adds:

"He looks like him but he is his own player and he is his own man - I think he is going to be a fantastic player."

If he doesn't play this season, Rufus will be the most enthusiastic supporter in the play-offs.

"The lads are on a roll and hopefully we can finish the job off and get up there," he declares.

"As long as the team is winning and we get in the Premiership I can wait until next season."